GREEN: Energy Efficiency, Equity and Jobs. Promoting a Green Economy for All In Tennessee. Why WOW?. Involved in the writing of the Green Jobs Act of 2007 Hosted Generating Real Economic Equity Now (GREEN) Institute (Ms. Foundation for Women)
GREEN: Energy Efficiency, Equity and Jobs
a Green Economy for All
2/3 of all working women are clustered
in only 21 of 500 job categories
From the outside…
Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and its parent company, Dow Corning, will locate a polycrystalline silicon manufacturing plant in Clarksville.The companies announced an investment of $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion in a plant that will produce a primary component used in the manufacture of solar panels and other energy equipment. Between 500 and 900 people will be employed at the facility within five to seven years…
Tennessee could add 45,000 new “green” jobs with a $1.9 billion investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy production, a new report from the state’s labor department says. “Growing Green: The Potential for Green Job Growth in Tennessee” was prepared by the Research and Statistics Unit of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Employment Security Division and released to the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Policy.Read more: Report: Tenn. could add 45,000 green jobs - Nashville Business Journal(January 2009)
Private, public and education
…spending federal stimulus money to start the Tennessee Solar Institute at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It will focus on basic science and industry partnerships to improve the affordability and efficiency of solar products. The state also is building the West Tennessee Solar Farm at the Haywood County industrial mega-site. One of the largest such installations in the Southeast, it will serve as a demonstration tool for educational, research and economic-development purposes.
Tennessee landed its third major solar energy business investment in a year with officials announcing Thursday that St. Louis-based Confluence Solar would build a $200 million plant near Knoxville, creating 250 new jobs. (The City Paper, Nashville, January 2010)
April 23, 2010 - The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency unveils solar installation at Parthenon Towers, a first for community-owned housing in Tennessee. This solar installation will make MDHA the Nashville Electric Service's largest solar energy generator in Davidson County.
The Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability was created to assure that Nashville continues to be a livable city with clean air, clean water, open spaces, transportation infrastructure and an energy use profile necessary to provide a prosperous community for current and future generations. (April, 2009) http://www.nashville.gov/mayor/green_ribbon/index.asp
The Tennessee Green Jobs Act, SB 3120, HB 3654, aimed at creating green jobs using federal funding in the state’s counties with the highest unemployment rates, was considered by legislature. The primary sponsors of the Act were Sen. Andy Berke and Representatives Mike Stewart and Brenda Gilmore. (No action after April, 2010)
The program will be funded with $1.4 million of a $2.9 million energy training partnership the Bioworks Foundation received from the Green Jobs Training Program through the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year. Southwest will use some of the funds to purchase equipment that will be used in classes…will include courses on alternative energy such as solar and wind power.
Memphis Bioworks Foundation is partnering with Southwest Tennessee Community College to create a green training program that will train local students for green jobs.(Memphis Business Journal, July 2010)
The solar hot water installation features 300 solar collectors and produces and stores nearly 14,000 gallons of hot water a day for domestic use. Funding for the $1.88 million solar farm was provided through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
A new solar farm will soon enable Tennessee’s Knox County officials to harvest sunshine to meet the hot water demands at the county’s 1,036-bed detention facility. Officials anticipate that the new solar thermal system, one of the nation’s largest for domestic hot water according to FLS Energy – the solar company with which Trane worked on the project – will save $60,000 a year in natural gas expenses and reduce CO2 emissions by 174 tons annually. (July, 2010 – Solar Thermal Magazine) http://www.solarthermalmagazine.com/2010/07/13/tennessee-jail-house-switches-to-solar-thermal-energy-to-save-money-on-natural-gas/
October 2010: The group held a kickoff meeting in Nashville last month and will become an official chapter of the National Solar Energy Association.
As solar expands its footprint in Tennessee, a new industry group is organizing to make sure the renewable technology continues on a growth curve in the state.
Known as the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, or TenneSEIA, the group has 22 member commitments, ranging from large manufacturers like Sharp and Hemlock Semiconductor to local installers.
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded the $765,000 Tennessee Recovery Act Labor Market Information Improvement Grant to collect and disseminate data on the state’s growing green economy.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Labor Market Information Director Joe Cummings stresses the importance for businesses to complete the brief questionnaire. “For this information to be reliable, we need as many employers to participate as possible. Data obtained from the survey will assist workforce policy makers in determining appropriate training for the provision of a skilled workforce to support Tennessee’s expanding green businesses.” (TN.GOV, http://news.tennesseeanytime.org/node/5438, June, 2010)
Short and Long-term Projections (page 34)
“The largest industry sectors in Tennessee are education and health services at about 600 thousand and trade, transportation, and utilities at about 570 thousand.”
“Health care and social assistance as well as arts, entertainment, and recreation are expected to increase strongly. Additionally, accommodation, and food services; educational services; other services; professional, scientific, and technical services; and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting are expected to increase significantly.”
“The detailed industry with the highest expected growth is transportation equipment manufacturing at 6.0 percent (Table 12, page 40). Ambulatory health care services, support activities for transportation, and waste management and remediation services are expected to grow at 4.2, 4.0, and 3.9 percent per year respectively.”
Environmental health technicians?
Insuring low-income and under-represented populations have full access to the opportunities of a new greener economy.
Advanced Solar Technologies
FROM THEIR WEBISTE:
Solar Richmond is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006 in Richmond, California. Our mission is to catalyze transformative change the deepens the connection between people, place, and planet.As a social enterprise, we accomplish this mission by providing solar installation training to Richmond residents and to youth in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland through the East Bay Green Jobs Corps. We offer transitional employment and staffing services in the solar industry with the aim of connecting our graduates with family-supporting green-collar career jobs. For home, business and nonprofit building owners we guide you through the solar process and help you use your consumer power to ensure that installation companies use local green-collar labor from Solar Richmond’s pool of graduate installers.Our goal is to create a more inclusive job market that creates more opportunities for low-income and underemployed local residents. We work to foster healthier, safer and more sustainable communities, breaking down barriers of race and class as we participate in the green economy.
256 24th StreetRichmond, CA 94804510-253-2222
From their website:
Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles, Inc. (WINTER) is a non-profit economic development agency and a national leader in diversity workforce development and education. WINTER is the only non-traditional employment organization for women and youth serving Southern California since 1996.
The WINTERGreen Program is a social enterprise component of Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a pipeline of diverse, well-qualified women for career opportunities in the environmental remediation and green retrofit fields. WINTERGreen provides certified training and employment to women to green their communities as they learn to perform valuable work and improve their work skills.
Alexandra Torres Galancid
3655 South Grand Avenue, Suite 210 Los Angeles, CA [email protected]
(from VWW webiste)
FRESH ENERGY is a social enterprise that seeks to train and employ women in the fields of construction, efficiency and renewable energy.
Vermont Works for Women is performing this work in partnership and as a subcontractor to J.A. Morrissey (JAM), a commercial construction company founded and operated by Jeanne A. Morrissey.
In 2008, VWW approached JAM to be our partner in working with All Earth Renewables (formerly known as Earth Turbines). Initially, FRESH ENERGY will operate as a subcontractor to JAM, deriving its business primarily or fully through contracts established in concert with All Earth Renewables and Burlington's Northgate affordable housing community.
Participants will be cross-trained to perform weatherization work and install solar trackers and will perform both jobs throughout the program (though some participants may well gravitate to one or the other as they gain experience).
32A Malletts Bay Ave.Winooski, VT 05404 phone: 802.655.8900fax: 802.655.8922toll free: 800.639.1472
Working with the U.S. Department of Laabor Women’s Bureau, ACC set out to increase the enrollment of women in its courses (both continuing education and college credit) related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building. ACCoffered two sections of its entry-level solar photovoltaic installer course taught by women instructors, for women.
Shelley AttixCoordinator, ACC Women In Green Jobs Campaign Highland Business Center - HBC 401.10 [email protected] Voice: (512) 223.7517 Fax: (512) 223.7030
The program worked with 20-25 women in the Atlanta area who were interested in own their own green business. The program was scheduled to conclude at the end of September, 2010. This 36-week program covered energy efficiency and business plan writing among other topics.
While this diagram is from Ohio, the Center for Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) also has a green careers pathways model.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.